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Cordeiro’s 3 TD passes help Hawaii rally, beat UNLV 35-28

November 18, 2018
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Hawaii wide receiver JoJo Ward (19) runs the ball for a touchdown to tie the game against UNLV during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Honolulu. Hawaii would go on to defeat UNLV 35-28. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU (AP) — Freshman Chevan Cordeiro came on in the fourth quarter and threw three touchdown passes to help Hawaii beat UNLV 35-28 on Saturday night and snap a four-game losing streak.

Cordeiro replaced starter Cole McDonald and, on the first play, threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to JoJo Ward and then hit John Ursua for the 2-point conversion to trim Hawaii’s deficit to 28-21 with 11:42 to play. On UNLV’s ensuing drive, Lexington Thomas was dropped for a 2-yard loss by Penei Pavihi on fourth-and-2 and the Rainbow Warriors possession near midfield. Cordeiro ran for a 17-yard gain on third-and-9 and then, two plays later on third-and-5, connected with Ward for a 20-yard TD to tie it with 4:23 left. Pavihi sacked Armani Rogers for a 3-yard loss on third-and-8 before Cordeiro hit Ursua in stride on the right sideline for a 68-yard touchdown less than three minutes later.

Thomas finished with 28 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns for UNLV (3-8, 1-6 Mountain West).

Cordeiro was 4-of-5 passing for 153 yards. Hawaii (7-5, 4-3), which became bowl eligible with the win, had 190 of its 411 total yards in the fourth quarter.

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